A Washington state organic farm has been fined $1 million for firing, then rehiring illegal immigrants following a federal audit.
U.S. District Judge Ricardo Martinez leveled the fine recommended by federal prosecutors against Duvall-based HerbCo International Inc. on Tuesday in a Seattle federal court.
Three company officials, including CEO Ted Andrews, also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges.
Prosecutors say HerbCo fired nearly 90 illegal immigrants because of a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement audit. But they say it rehired some of those workers, paid them cash and asked them to work at night because production began to drop.
A HerbCo employee tipped off ICE to the scheme, sending agents pictures of envelopes full of cash.
The $1 million will be paid over five years.
US Citizens helping grow illegal within the country. Even ICE taking bribe, those are the people who suppose to work in removing illegal alines. Don’t you think these are the reason why America’s economy is affected. People of United States do not have work, illegal with less wage. Who is benefited only the Businessman who won’t even pay taxes.